New solar project at Cornell University in New York producing power

Distributed Sun LLC, Building Energy and ABM announced Oct. 20 that they successfully launched production for Cornell University’s Snyder Road Solar Farm, consisting of a 2-MW array on eleven acres of Cornell property in the Town of Lansing.

On Cornell’s behalf, Distributed Sun and Building Energy collaborated to install 6,778 solar photovoltaic panels on a 10-acre Cornell property site adjacent to the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. ABM managed EPC construction. The solar photovoltaic panel array is Cornell’s first large-scale solar project and is expected to produce 2.067 MW (dc) or 1.76 MW (ac), and will produce 2,388,357 kWh in year one.

“This represents a significant step to advance Cornell’s renewable energy portfolio,” said Kyu Whang, Cornell vice president for facilities. “A Lansing solar facility aligns with the carbon reduction goals of Cornell, Tompkins County and New York State.”

“Distributed Sun, Building Energy, ABM, NYSERDA and Cornell are advancing solar generation near the Ithaca campus,” said Distributed Sun co-chairman Jeff Weiss, a Cornell alum. “Governor [Andrew] Cuomo encouraged investment and designed programs to attract capital. This Cornell project demonstrates that the state can work well with developers, investors and energy users such as Cornell to reduce carbon emissions and expand renewable output.”

Added Weiss: “We’re a proud partner with Cornell, and are excited for the opportunity to build on this model and complete many more projects in Ithaca, New York City and wherever the university needs electric power.”

“We are pleased to work in partnership with Distributed Sun to develop the Cornell University Snyder Road Solar Farm” said Building Energy Managing Director Andrea Braccialarghe. “This project is the second investment into the mid-sized commercial solar market that we have managed in this country in order to help customers, like Cornell, to find environmentally attractive solutions and align with their carbon reduction goals.”

Building Energy is an independent producer of energy from renewable sources with a large portfolio of renewable plants in operation, construction and development, with a total pipeline in excess of 800 MW in Europe, Africa, Central and North America.

Distributed Sun (D-SUN) is a solar and on-site energy services provider that develops, constructs and operates commercial solar, distributed generation and micro-grid energy projects in the United States. The company finances the construction of solar power generating facilities through its captive solar energy investment companies (SEICs) and related finance vehicles, and provides financing and development solutions for strategic tax equity partners. The company has successfully completed MW-scale design/build installs, currently has operational facilities and power under construction in five states, and over 25 MW of late-stage development projects currently under finance approval review.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.